Trustees of Shaw University
...AND TO THE...
Corresponding Secretary of the
American Baptist Home
BOOTHBAY HABBOB :
BEGISTEB BOOK AND JOB PBINT
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Raleigh. N. C, May 31, 1916
I submit herewith my twenty-second Annual Report, which
is the fifty-first since the establishment ofthe institution. The
financial crisis through which the nation has been passing has
added largely to the burdens of administration. Notwith-
standing the financial problems, the end of the year shows a
small balance on the right side. A united faculty and har-
monious student body have made the year pleasant and suc-
cessful. The student body has been composed in the main of
a fine type of young men and young women who have recog-
nized their obligations to themselves, to their teachers, to the
institution and to their Maker.
RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES.— Early in the year Rev. C. E
Askew, D. D., pastor ofthe First Baptist Church of Raleigh,
conducted for a week a special series of evangelistic meetings.
The attendance, though voluntary, was large, and the meet-
ings were participated in with deep interest by both teachers
and students. It was a very quiet work of grace that resulted
in the quickening of the religious life of the institution and
the conversion of nearly all who were not professing Christians.
The Young Men's Christian Association and the Young
Women's Christian Association and the Hayes-Fleming Mis-
sionary Society have made themselves felt. The voluntary
Bible study classes have been carried on by the Young Men's
Christian Association under the direction of Prof. W C. Craver.
The Hayes-Fleming Missionary Society has maintained Mis-
sion study classes. The work in Sunday School teacher-train-
ing has also received constant attention, under the faithful
instruction of Prof. W. C. Craver and Miss Elsie M. Bryant.
Diplomas were awarded on Commencement day to all who had
completed the course in teacher-training study. It is interest-
ing to note that a devoted leader in Christian work, whose
knowledge extends throughout the entire South, remarked to
me some months ago that there was only one other institution
where the religious activities and Christian atmosphere were
on so high a plane as at Shaw University. I mention this not
in a boasting spirit, but in humble recognition of God's guid-
ing hand and the spirit of service on the part of the teachers
and leading students, who have been striving to do their Mas-
Community service has also received considerable attention.
During seasons of inclement weather and at other times the
older students have sought out the poor and needy in the
vicinity of the institution, and been the means of alleviating
much suffering. A teacher-training Sunday School, made up
of children from the city who would not otherwise attend any
Sunday School, has been carried on under the direction of
Miss Bryant, Miss Lennon and others.
Quite a number of the older students taught classes in the
Sunday Schools connected with the churches in the city and
HEALTH. — There has been no epidemic and very little
sickness. The health conditions of the institution have been
good. The quality of the city water has been improved and is
now of the very best.
NEW COURSES OF STUDY.— The new four years' B. S.
course in medicine is proving successful. Two were graduated,
and it is expected that the attendance in this department next
year will be considerably larger.
I renew my recommendation for the establishment of a school
of Dentistry. A school of Dentistry can be operated without
much additional expense, for several subjects that must be
taken in a course of Dentistry are already given in the courses
in Medicine and Pharmacy.
The practice school had an enrollment of sixty and made
commendable progress. Miss Anna E. Foster, the teacher in
charge, did excellent work, and the indications are for a larger
attendance next year. The closing exercises on the campus
under the broad spreading sycamore tree attracted a large
audience and were very successful.
Work has already beguu in a small way in the changes in
the Medical dormitory. The Executive Board of the Baptist
State Convention are to raise two thousand dollars for these
improvements, and considerable progress has been made.
When this building is remodelled, as planned, it will make a
very suitable and comfortable home for the Theological
FINANCES. — I made the statement in my last Annual
Report that the year ended May 31, 191 5, had been the hardest
that I had known in my long experience in educational work.
The year ending May 31, 1916, was, if possible, harder
financially than the preceding. So many parents were out of
work, and in some sections of the State the crops were so short
it made it very difficult for them to meet their obligations. It
is greatly to their credit that the year has closed with only a
comparatively small sum due from the students.
I began early in April to seek members for the Shaw Uni-
versity Semi-centennial Commencement Club, but when I
found later on that the Executive Board of the United Baptist
Education and Missionary Convention of North Carolina wished
to hold a rally at the May Commencement, I ceased soliciting.
I have informed those who have already contributed that I
should change over to "The Shaw University Christmas Club,'"
and request contributions to be sent in during the holidays.
This will leave Commencement week free tor the operations
of the Executive Board of the State Convention. Superinten-
dent Brink approves of this change in plans. We had already
received quite a sum and a complete report will be made early
in the next calendar year. The work of raising funds has been
interrupted somewhat by the illness of Dr. E. M. Brawley,
pastor of the White Rock Baptist Church. Durham, X. C, who
had the matter in charge. Dr. A. M. Moore, treasurer, who
is deeply interested, reports that while the money is not all
in, progress is being made and he believes the full sum will
It is an occasion for profound gratitude that notwithstanding
the financial stringency, all bills have been paid and the debt
has been reduced from three thousand to two thousand dollars.
The interest on the debt has been promptly met, and two hun-
dred and thirty-three dollars paid in purchasing for Shaw Uni-
versity the life right of Haywood Barbee, in the estate of the
late Mary Barbee. In other words, if there had been no debt,
and had it not been necessary to protect Shaw University by
purchasing the life right referred to, there would have been a
surplus of a little more than one thousand five hundred dollars,
a condition in marked contrast with that of a number of in-
stitutions who closed the year with a deficit.
PHYSICAL CONDITIONS.— The physical conditions are
better than they were a year ago. The Administration Build-
ing, Estey and Shaw have been painted and floors laid in the
halls of the first two stories of Estey. New floors are needed in
nearly all the buildings, for they have not been renewed since
the buildings were erected many years ago. Some sanitary
conveniences, installed in the hospital, can be removed to Shaw
Hall to meet the demands there.
The changes contemplated in the hospital building will
make this a home for the College department, and provide
ample facilities for the library and reading room.
HIGHER SALARIES. — I renew my recommendations
made several times for an increase in salaries. In view of the
greatly increased cost of living it will not be possible for us to
retain indefinitely some of our most valuable teachers. Were
it not for their love of Shaw University and the Home Mission
Society, some would have gone elsewhere years ago.
HIGHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION AND
GRADUATION. — These requirements, put into effect two
years ago, have proven very satisfactory. Some feared that
the result would be a decreased attendance, but notwithstand-
ing the hard times, the number of institutions of higher grade
in North Carolina, and the doing away of our departments of
Law and the four years' course in Medicine, we had an in-
crease in attendance. The enrollment in all departments out-
side the practice school was three hundred and six, and with
the practice school three hundred and sixty-six. At this rate
of increase it will not be long before the dormitory accommo-
dations will all betaken.
GYMNASIUM AND Y. M. C. A. BUILDING.— In view
of the action of the Executive Board of the Baptist State Con-
vention in raising funds to remodel the Medical dormitory as a
home for the Theological school, the building, only partially
completed and originally intended for the Theological depart-
ment, should be completed as soon as funds can be secured,
and used for a Gymnasium and Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation. This will fill two long-felt wants. Graduates of
Shaw ought to rouse themselves and raise money to bring
about this desired result.
SUMMER SCHOOL.— There ought to be each year a sum-
mer school. The facilities for such a school, together with
the central location in the capital city, one of the most beauti-
ful cities of the South, would make the school successful, if it
could be properly financed. Hampton and other institutions
cannot accommodate all who wish to attend a summer school.
I am confident that a summer school with a good corps of
teachers and low charges could do a wonderful amount of
MISCELLANEOUS. — There has been a fine degree of har-
mony and co-operation on the part of the members of the
faculty, and the students have also shown a fine spirit of co-
operation. I have never seen the students take such interest
in the institution. Two or three departments had special
meetings and pledged more than six hundred dollars for im-
provements. Some of it cannot be paid until they graduate,
but the beautiful feature of the whole affair was that it was
entirely voluntary. They held meetings and provided refresh-
ments at their own expense and invited the teachers to meet
and rejoice with them.
There are many needs to be met, such as a suitable gateway
at the entrance, a suitable fence along South Street, permanent
benches or seats on various parts of the campus. A clock
should be installed in the tower of Shaw Hall, and drinking
fountains in each of the dormitories and at suitable places
on the campus.
SEMI-CENTENNIAL. — Shaw University began its career
in the autumn of 1865, and it was thought proper to observe
at the las* Commencement the semi-centennial of its founding.
The special observance was in charge of the Alumni Asso-
ciation, under the direction of Col. James H. Young, presi-
dent. The exercises were of a high order, and passed off
successfully. The procession on the campus on the afternoon
of Wednesday, May 10th, was composed of a large number of
graduates. Many classes were represented and the attendance
of graduates and former students was larger than ever before in
the history of Shaw Commencements. The banquet in the
University dining hall in the evening was largely attended
and greatly enjoyed.
The exercises on the campus around the last resting place
of Dr. Henry Martin Tupper, the founder and first President,
were very impressive.
The Executive Board of the Baptist State Convention met
on Wednesday and unanimously passed resolutions commend-
ing the administration of the institution, and pledging loyal
support. The Commencement of 1916 was the largest ever
held and means much for the future.
I append herewith my financial report, a copy of which has
already been forwarded to Mr. F. T. Moulton, Treasurer.
Annual Financial Report of Shaw University to the
American Baptist Home Mission Society
FOR THE YEAR COMMENCING JUNE 1, 1915, AND ENDING MAY 31, 1916
From tuition, board, room rent $15,054 62
Books sold to students 531 60
Old accounts 299 00
Contributions from White Churches, etc. 123 00
Contributions from Negro Churches, etc 352 73
Am. Bapt. Home Mission Society 13,936 47
Women's Home Mission Societies, Chicago... 1,050 00
Slater Fund 2,000 00
All other sources not included in above 2,856 48
Students' deposits 1,010 71
Teachers' Board 156 00
Diplomas and certificates 141 00
Sewing, Millinery and Domestic Science Depts. 75 1 7
Total receipts $37,586 78
Food supplies $ 4,802 67
Other supplies 31 08
Wages 800 43
Miscellaneous 48 89
Department of Instruction:
Salaries 15,295 77
Educational supplies 880 43
Miscellaneous 321 82
Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds:
Heat, Light and Power 2,224 87
Wages 2,851 36
Repairs and renewals 920 78
Miscellaneous 632 76
Office salaries 864 75
Postage, stationery and catalogs 777 14
Traveling 572 46
Miscellaneous 7,627 01
Athletic Association (Fees) 296 73
Students' withdrawals 1,010 71
Prizes 59 50
Library 9 10
Paid on note Citizens National Bank 100 00
Interest on note 72 00
Administration building 100 00
Theological Fund 40 00
Fees returned 266 68
Hayes-Fleming Missionary Society 30 00
Am. Bapt. Home Mission Society 38 00
Total expenditures. $40,674 89
Balance in treasury beginning of year__$ 3,562 32
Receipts during year 37,586 78
Total $41,149 10
Disbursements during year 40,674 89
Balance in treasury end of year 474 21
Total $41,149 10
From students for tuition and board $ 164 95
Benedict College 260 00
L. S. Matthews & Co 40 00
Note Citizens National Bank, Raleigh $2,400 00
Charles Frances Meserve,